Northwest Endodontic Specialists Offers Root Canals in Olympia and Surrounding Areas
What is root canal treatment?
The inner part of your tooth contains pulp, comprised of nerves and blood vessels, that fills the root canals of your inner teeth. The pulp can become infected due to tooth decay, fracture or trauma. During root canal therapy, we remove the damaged pulp, clean the root canal system and seal it. This process saves the natural tooth and allows you to avoid a bridge, bone graft and dental implant.
Comfortable, Pain-Free Root Canal Care
These days, root canal treatment is comfortable and pain-free. The tooth is numb for the entire procedure (and some hours after), and any discomfort after the procedure is typically well controlled with over-the-counter pain medications. Most people find that having a root canal is similar to having a filling done and, if they had a toothache prior to the procedure, they are relieved to find that it is gone with the removal of the infection. If you are nervous about having a root canal, we can set your mind at ease to help you have a comfortable, pain-free experience in our office.
Saving Teeth with Endodontics
No artificial crown, dental implant or other prosthesis can ever measure up to the strength, function and aesthetic qualities of your natural tooth. Best practices in dentistry are to save teeth rather than extract them whenever possible, and it is through the process of endodontics that damaged teeth are saved.
Reasons for Root Canal Therapy:
- Severe Tooth Decay – where the decay is extensive, in or approaching the root system.
- Fractured Teeth – any fracture in the tooth is an invitation for bacteria to enter the root areas and cause infection, eventually compromising the entire tooth.
- Dead Nerves – this is a sure sign that extensive damage has been done to the tooth roots.
- Infections and Abscesses – abscessed teeth have infected roots, and only a thorough root canal treatment can save the tooth at this point.
Symptoms of Tooth Infections:
- Pain, swelling or redness around tooth
- Darkening of the tooth (discoloration)
- Pain while chewing
If you have any of these signs of infection in your mouth, give us a call at Olympia Office Phone Number 360-459-3636 – the sooner you are seen by a professional, the more likely you will be able to save your tooth.
Root Canal Procedure: What’s It Like?
First, the tooth will be anesthetized. Once it is numb, a dental dam will be placed over the tooth to isolate it. Next, we will make an opening in the crown of the tooth and clean the infected pulp out of the chamber. The chamber is then filled and a filling or temporary crown is placed on top to protect the area. The procedure doesn’t take much longer than a filling, and you will be just as comfortable. The final crown will be restored by your general dentist.
Are you in pain? Don’t wait any longer! Call Northwest Endodontic Specialists at Olympia Office Phone Number 360-459-3636 to schedule your appointment right away!
To provide you with a better understanding of endodontic therapy, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to root canals are discussed.
The Cost of Root Canal Therapy
The cost of your root canal will vary based on the amount of damage to your tooth and your insurance benefits. Keep in mind that endodontic treatment is healthier, less painful and far less expensive than extraction and tooth replacement.
Ultimately, we are here to ease your fears about root canal therapy – please don’t hesitate to reach out for information.
New Patient? Please visit our Endodontic FAQ page for more information.
Post-Op? Please see our surgical instructions page and call us with any concerns you may have at Olympia Office Phone Number 360-459-3636.
Northwest Endodontic Specialists
Patient Review By David Winfrey w
Very friendly and easy going staff made the overall experience pleasant.
- David Winfrey w
Patient Review By David h
very good fast and friendly
- David h
Patient Review By Diana C
Dr. Goerig put me at ease, very polite, pleasant and wonderful sense of humor. The office is lovely, the folks friendly and welcoming. Thank you to all.
- Diana C
Patient Review By laura g
I have had multiple visits here for root canals. I have seen all 3 the doctors. They are caring professionals. I called in the morning and got a same day appointment for evaluation and treatment. This was awesome! I didn't have to miss work. The procedure was painless. I had very little discomfort after the procedures. Completely managed by Tylenol or Motrin. I highly recommend Northwest Endodontic Specialist. The staff was compassionate and emphatic. Northwest Endodontic makes having a root canal a pleasure.
- laura g
Patient Review By Barbara S
I have never had such wonderful service in a medical/dental office! Everyone from the receptionist to Hannah and Dr. David Goerig. They all made me feel very comfortable, welcomed and confident in the services they provided. I would recommend them to anyone!
- Barbara S
Patient Review By deborah s
Dr. G. SR. is amazing. He is always willing to make minor changes in his procedures to accomodate me and make me comfortable.
- deborah s
Patient Review By Jolene B
Dr. Michael Behnen, DDS was gentle and he and his hygienist described the procedure each step of the way. I was nervous coming in but was immediately put at ease and the procedure was painless!
- Jolene B
Patient Review By Jay H
I have and will in the future recommend very highly the services of "Dr. Albert Goerig and the staff at Northwest Endodontic Specialists" to all of my family, friends and even others that would benefit from the wonderful and very friendly service I have received. The staff could not have been any nicer and when you leave you feel as though you many new friends. Thank You to everyone that I met for their professional and warm behavior. Jay H
- Jay H
Patient Review By karen g
totally awesome. and i am super picky. Dr. Behnen was a delight, as well as Sylvia. thank you so much. And NO pain, no need for fear.
- karen g
Patient Review By Kassie M
The procedure was painless and extremely quick.
- Kassie M
Patient Review By janice l
- janice l
Patient Review By Cheryl N
Friendly, compassionate, amazing staff and it was a pleasant experience. Dr. David Goerig was great and I also saw his father Dr. Albert Goerig many years ago and they take the fear out of root canals.
- Cheryl N
Patient Review By Russell C
Service provided was responsive to my timing issues for immediate assistance and the work performed on my root canal was top notch!
- Russell C
Patient Review By Maribel M
The Northwest Entodontic specialist did a great job! always happy and nice workers in here i would totally recommend them the way they treat you is so satisfactory .
- Maribel M
Patient Review By Mike B
Sylvia and James are great-I appreciate that they took time to communicate clearly and were happy to answer questions
- Mike B
Patient Review By steve r
This is a follow up to my 6/28 review, which was positive. Following the root canal I had a complication five days later when I flossed a big chunk of sidewall off the involved tooth. Knowing how important it is to keep this molar uncontaminated while waiting for a crown procedure, I called the office for advice and was given a prompt appointment a few hours later. They squeezed me in, Dr. Albert Goerig looked at it, and his assistant patched it up in 15 minutes. No extra cost. Very nice.
- steve r
Patient Review By steve r
Just hopped out of the chair following a root canal procedure and must say that I am impressed with how painless and speedy this was. Doctor and staff are friendly. It is quite apparent that they are experienced, competent. Now I am going to drive home without pain and relax, knowing that my problem was expertly managed.
- steve r
Patient Review By Holli H
While contemplating a root canal isn't something most of us look forward to, my teeth are important to me so I made the appointment as soon as my regular dentist gave me the referral. I was amazed that I was able to get in the NEXT day, that I was provided with a clear estimate of costs, and that, once I was here, I was greeted warmly, attended to throughout my time by Autumn, and then the root canal itself was done so quickly and painlessly - and with great humor! - by Dr. Goerig. Great experience (even though it was, after all, a root canal)!
- Holli H
Patient Review By Michael M
Staff was excellent, speedy, professional, on point. (wish it was a cheaper visit.)
- Michael M
Patient Review By Rebecca M
I appreciate this doctor and the staff so much. They got me in on extremely short notice to help me get rid of the unbearable pain in my tooth. The office is very pleasantly appointed and clean, and all staff have been kind and gracious. I only waited for a couple of minutes before being seen, and the procedure was relatively quick and painless. I couldn't say enough good things about Dr. Behnen, Hannah, and the office in general. Thank you so much, you are amazing!
- Rebecca M